Mastercard and Hatua.net have joined hands to empower young people with the essential skills needed to thrive in today’s competitive job market. Hatua.net is an independent UK and US registered charity working to promote education and employment among youth in Kenya and Uganda.
Primary School education in Kenya and Uganda is free but secondary school fees and other relatable costs may not be affordable fop;;-r those living in slum areas. This leaves talented students stranded and unable to fulfill their full potential and make a difference to their communities and the wider world by continuing their education.
Hatua works to help break this cycle of deprivation. By working with primary schools in some of the most challenged areas of Nairobi and Kampala, and with secondary schools with a proven ability to place students in leading universities, Hatua.net sponsorships give students the opportunity to build a brighter future.
Since 2010, Hatua.net has helped more 500 students continue their education. All Hatua.net-sponsored children compete effectively at their high-ranking secondary schools and more than 90 per cent have been admitted directly into university.
Recognizing Hatua.net’s focus on identifying talented youngsters who may one day want to work in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) industries, Mastercard has committed $50,000, and co-created a dedicated program that includes internships, graduate programs, and real-world employment skill training at Mastercard.
“Our goal is to build both foundational knowledge and 21st century skills to ensure that our youth have the necessary networks, tools, and solutions that can help them reach their potential and achieve career success. Through our focus on ‘doing well, by doing good’, this partnership with Hatua.net exemplifies our commitment to creating a more equitable and prosperous future for all,” said Shehryar Ali, Senior Vice President and Country Manager for East Africa and Indian Ocean Islands at Mastercard.